What is Paragard?
Paragard is an intrauterine device (IUD) implanted by your doctor to prevent pregnancy. The t-shaped device is made of plastic with a thin layer of copper around the arms and stem. The copper wire creates a reaction that is toxic to sperm and eggs thereby preventing pregnancy. Paragard is touted as a non-hormonal birth control device that can last up to 10 years. The device was first approved for use by the FDA in 1984.
The Paragard IUD is implanted by your doctor during an in-office procedure that takes a few minutes. Patients receiving the device return a month later to check that the device is still properly placed.
Paragard is Removable
Removal is supposed to be simple and available on demand. The removal is done by your doctor who will likely use forceps to grasp the device’s strings and gently pull. The device’s arms are supposed to fold upward as it’s withdrawn from the uterus.
Unfortunately, removal of the Paragard device may involve a number of issues that can occur that can seriously injure the patient – including the device fracturing or breaking during the removal process. During removal, pieces of the IUD may break off, migrate or become embedded in the uterus. This may result in the need for additional surgery that is more extensive and painful. In extreme cases, a hysterectomy could be necessary because of the damage Paragard has caused.
Since 2010, the FDA has received over 1,600 reports of device breakage. In some cases, the Paragard problems have occurred well before the end of the device’s expected lifespan, with the device becoming embedded in uterine tissue, fractured or broken into pieces upon removal, and/or the copper wire going completely missing. Many women have needed additional corrective surgery and suffered health complications as a result of these kinds of complications.
What are the Paragard Injuries
Paragard IUD is associated with the following types of injuries according to FDA reports and lawsuits already on file:
- Perforation of the uterus;
- Movement or migration of the device, possibly leading to organ perforation and organ damage;
- Inflammation and injury from copper wire left in the body;
- Ectopic pregnancy; and
- Loss of reproductive health.
If you have suffered one or more of these Paragard injuries, contact Lopez McHugh to discuss your legal options. The Lopez McHugh injury lawyers can evaluate your potential case and help you understand your rights. Please note that over time, certain claims become time-barred by applicable statutes of limitations and other deadlines, so please do not wait to contact us.